Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Brent on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 468 |  Reviews: 312
Photo of TheBigBoy
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.49/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of the beer camp pack. Purchased at Wally's Wine.

A: Pours a four finger head devoid of cream, of slight thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent dark copper-gold.

Sm: Smells of pleasant barley with light floral and cream tones. Very nice albeit light.

T: Maltier than expected. The cream goes flat in the third act, which I really don't like. The barley foundation is understated and bland. I only have one other beer (Anchor Steam) in the style I can compare to, but going by that, this is poorly executed. Simple, bland, boring, and imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light, and thin.

Dr: It's very easy to drink and hides its ABV well, but the low quality and bland character will turn most consumers away. Are there even true fans of the style to buy this?

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Photo of uziangis
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Burt
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass.

Light clear amber with a thin head that dispersed pretty quick and no lacing.

Smell is of faint graininess and that's it.

Light malt taste to it, a little bitterness at the end. I can not pick up any hop flavors in this.

Nice and crisp, easy drinking beer for those hot days or right after cutting your lawn. Not sure if this beer is past its prime but seemed pretty plain to me.

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Photo of MacQ32
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange, poured a clear golden color with a 1/2 finger white head in my tulip glass. Pretty decent retention at first with minimal lacing

S: Grassy hops, some yeast, malt and a hint peppery spice. Weak nose overall - similar to Glissade

T: Mild malty sweetness. Hard to pick out the flavor due to blending of flavors with a mild earthy hop flavor. The hops are subtle but provide a nice balance, although I find this libation a bit bland for my liking.

M: Medium bodied. Fair amount of carbonation. Earthy finish

D: An easy drinking beer, could certainly have several of these, but not enough taste to keep me interested. (Not a big summer ale guy anyway)

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Photo of yesyouam
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sierra Nevada California Common is a clear, sparkling, golden beer with a solid, dense, white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a grainy aroma with a grassy note, perhaps a touch of fruit in the nose. It has a foamy medium body with a pretty dry finish. It leaves the mouth a little rough. It tastes a little sweet, a little phenolic and reasonably bitter. There is a fruity note, maybe apple, like there was in the aroma. There is a strong alcohol flavor that sort of overwhelms the rest of the taste. It seems a little like fusel by the finish. Did something go wrong here? The rest of the Beer Camp 12-pack was great, but this one is kind of a dud.

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Photo of TheSquire23
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed the mixed 12 pack of beer camp before a camping trip and I was impressed with all but this one.
APPERANCE - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing behind

SMELL - Spices and bready malt

TASTE - Like the nose good bit of spice upfront then slightly sweet malt comes out

MOUTH - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

OVERALL - Not too impressive

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Photo of Skye1024
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Thehopluver
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of stabbingcontest
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of cjgator3
2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is grainy malts and not much else. Not a whole lot to note in the aroma.

T- The taste features some slightly toasted malts along with some sweetness and a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent beer but nothing I would probably have the urge to drink again. 

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Photo of snilsen13
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My complaints are probably the same as other's praise.

The smell is okay, mild and not easily identified. Smells like a home brew. It tastes pretty strongly of alcohol, which shouldn't need to be the case. It's unusual in a beer of this strength, so I'll just rate it as an average, even though it's anything but average.

Overall, it's a lot like many home brewed beer I've made and this recipe is not a keeper. It needs tweaking. Still, it's a drinkable beer and while I wouldn't make it twice I still find it an enjoyable drink. I'll give it an average rating.

Strike 1 for Beer Camp.

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Photo of fizzy
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I don't know what it is about this brew, but there is just something about it that I would give a pass to when choosing the next beer from the case. Could it be the Kingsford in the grill that spoils the aroma? There is just to much sweetness going on in this beer and, like flavored beers in general, I just can't fall in love with this Sierra Nevada offering.

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Photo of beerman21
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, got it this from there beer camp variety pack. The only California Common I've had from the Anchor Steam Brewery. Which I find to be quite enjoyable and unique. So yet another CA brewery taking a swing at the California common. So lets see how it holds up..

A- Large active carbonation, color golden slightly hazy, I was expected a more Pilneresh appearance.

S-aroma sweet biscuit malts, wet sour dough, hints of floral hops hide behind the bisquity aroma. Nothing really pronounced.

T-Sweet tangy spicness. Earth tones of mild garlic flavor, bitterness is minimal but well balanced behind the up front sweetness of the malts. Carbonation really died down and i would of like to have had more of bite and crispness with it. Smooth but not in a good way.

M- Smooth almost a creamy texture. Nothing like anchor steam where its more chewy then anything. Overall its decent, I hate to compare but anchor steam still has it right. This beer is highly drinkable yet the 6.5%abv I'm sure could sneak up on you.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Stateline today. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip while I watch my Giants beat the Eagles.

a - Pours a clear golden orange color with high carbonation evident and 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Few minutes of retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells a bit musty, and of fruit malts, spices, and light bready malts. Not bad, but pretty average and not a ton going on.

t - Taste follows the nose with the fruity and bready malts, but there is a little bit of a weird taste to it as well that I can't old musty fruit. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Nothing really stood out about it and I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Cresant
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. This came from the 2011 Beer Camp pack. The body was clear and solid gold. There was a minimal, eggshell white head that left no cap and no lacing.

The smell was vaguely lemony, fruity. Doughy and leafy. Pretty mild.

The taste was Bread crust and spiciness. Some "dirtiness" from the yeast. Under ripe pear. Mildly sour. The lingering bitterness was not harsh. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied with plenty of carbonation. This is not one I would return to again and again but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

It has a golden yellow color with good clarity. The head is short-lived and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is pretty unremarkable. It's hard to get any specific character out of it.

Flavor grainy and mild. It's a classic beer taste with more character and flavor.

Mouthfeel is light in body and well balanced.

Overall it's ok if you're looking for a more full-flavored lager. Honestly, not all that exciting for me.

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Photo of FrankyLikesIt
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of DaveHack
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of BigJarv79
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of RichBeer
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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